Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed says it is entirely the prerogative of the Governing Council of the Kwara State University (KWASU) to recruit a new Vice Chancellor as the incumbent’s tenure expires.
Governor Ahmed, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr Muyideen Akorede, said social media claims that he was attempting to tele-guide the selection process of a new chief executive for KWASU in favour of particular candidates are completely untrue.
While dismissing the post currently circulating on social media as an attempt to blackmail him, Governor Ahmed also dissociated his office or his aides from any attempt to foist anyone on the university as Vice Chancellor.
Alhaji Ahmed said he has been briefed by the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, KWASU’s supervisory ministry that the University is yet to receive any response to its recent advertisement for a new Vice Chancellor, not to talk of skewing the selection process in favour of any candidates.
The recruitment of a new Vice Chancellor for KWASU, Governor Ahmed reiterated, will follow guidelines enshrined in the law establishing the University which mandates the governing council to supervise the process and forward shortlisted candidates to the state governor for approval.
While urging the public to disregard this latest disinformation on the state-owned tertiary institutions, Governor Ahmed re-emphasised his administration’s standing commitment to due process and respect for lawful institutions, even as it prepares to handover.